An appeals court has upheld a 2018 contempt-of-court ruling against now-retired Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan for failing to follow through on promises in a legal settlement to improve health care for prisoners.
Arizona hopes to negotiate a new legal settlement over the quality of health care in state prisons after facing persistent complaints that it was dragging its feet in complying with an earlier agreement over inmate care.
Governor Doug Ducey has appointed a new director to oversee Arizona's prison system. Ducey announced Monday that David Shinn has been appointed as the new head of the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Attorneys will make arguments Tuesday in the appeal of a contempt-of-court ruling against retired Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan for failing to follow through on promises to improve health care for prisoners.
Governor Doug Ducey's office says the number 2 official in the Arizona Department of Corrections will lead the state prison system while the governor searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing Director Charles Ryan—who is retiring Friday.